These are the main things I have learnt through doing bikram:
- It's important to get the foundations right - previously I had been pushing myself to complete each pose perfectly even though I was 'cheating' and not straightening my standing leg, or straightening the leg but not touching the knee with my forehead. I also learnt how some poses are meant to be executed and once I started doing it properly I stopped getting knee pain.
- Water water water - the first few classes I took a normal water bottle and 20 mins into the class I was drinking warm water (gross) so I bought myself a Thermos double-walled water bottle:
- Don't wear cotton - after completing the class you are completely drenched in sweat. Cotton clothes just stick to you and make you feel so uncomfortable. I've started wearing compression wear which dries almost instantly. Much more comfortable.
- Further to my previous point, tight clothes are the best option. You can't really see the shapes you are making in the mirror if you wear baggy clothes.
- Relax during the savasana - there is a reason why you give you breaks lying down; use them.
- If it's your first few classes try and stay in the room - it might be hot and humid but lying down on your mat in the room is much better than running out. Not only for you but also for your fellow yogis.